1. Rita, it looks great! I just added your link to this post – it is really inspiring.
      Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing either – I just go with what seems to keep plants alive and without chemicals. My backyard chickens seem happy with the gardening efforts, too. They get to eat all of the plants that don’t survive. :)
      Great job, Rita!

  1. Sara, I love your effort to make your plants work for you. It just makes sense to be able to eat the plants if you are going to invest time and energy into caring for them! (Although, I do get so much pleasure from seeing my flowers grow!) Your ideas for finding space are smart!!!
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    1. Thanks, Annie! Check out Amy’s post above about edible flowers – you’ll be thrilled to know what flowers you can eat and still enjoy them in your garden. We just had a salad of spinach, lettuce, and dandelion greens (think weeds here) topped with flowers from the garden. Bon appetit! :)

  2. Cee

    Just an FYI, I was investigating pressure treated wood for raised beds a while ago and found out that they changed the regulations in 2003. Pressure treated wood for residential use is no longer allowed to have Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), which was the main concern with pressure treated lumber.
    The EPA regulations are here: “http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/reregistration/cca/

    There is a really nice explanation of why using pressure treated wood is probably less risky than not eating enough vegetables here:


    1. Cee, thank you so much for these links! This is absolutely helpful. I’m glad for the update and that the wood is better now. And I would agree – eating vegetables is always the better choice to make.
      Thanks again. :)

  3. Kris

    You must be related to my husband. I’m constantly amazed at all the places he sneaks in edible plants.

    1. Oh, Kris, I love it! Well, I’m sure you do, too. One of my neighbors was showing me his yard and all the spots he had Swiss chard planted. He didn’t know you could eat it – he thought it was a pretty plant! Vegetables and other edibles do look really pretty in a yard or garden and they taste good, too.
      Thanks, Kris! Happy gardening ~ and eating veggies.

  4. Kalynbrooke

    I never would have thought to combine veggies and flowers, but you’re right, the lettuce does look pretty!

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